If you're interested in making people feel and look their best, a career as a Beauty Specialist may be a great fit.
Types of Degrees
When searching for schools in the Beauty Specialist field, it's important to find a school that prepares students for the
state licensing exam, which Beauty Specialists must complete before working in the industry. In such programs, you can expect
instruction in hair removal, skin theory, manicure, pedicure, nail extensions, salon management, and the biological
foundations of the skin. Most programs can be completed in six months, after which you take the state licensing exam
and begin your career.
Most beautician programs are available at technical schools, community colleges, online schools and private for-profit
schools. Associate degrees are common in this field and require students to take some general coursework in addition to
their Beauty Specialist classes. A high school diploma or equivalent is usually required.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Beauty Specialist Certification/Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree or certification as a Beauty Specialist include:
- Make-up Artist
- Nail Care Specialist
- Skincare Specialist
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Skincare Specialist was $34,090 in 2019. Barbers,
hairdressers, and cosmetologists earned a median salary of $26,270 in 2019.
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and the employer.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Barbers,
Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists, on the Internet at
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/barbers-hairstylists-and-cosmetologists.htm (visited May 21, 2020).